I was checking my delicious bookmarks, and noticed that all my HP links seem to be removed from public access. I know I have several pages bookmarked by many friends, and they should show this. They don't.
Also, using SEOQuake that Jonathan introduced, I see delicious index zero for this links - as well as for any other hub by another author I bothered to check. All my other bookmarks are fine.
It is obvious to me delicious has been spammed up to the throat, and they just banned Hubpages altogether. Guess I want to ask staff to investigate the issue and try to remedy it, if possible.
I'm still finding HubPages links on del.icio.us, and some of them show that many people have bookmarked some links.
Are you embedding trackers in your links? I could see how doing that could get those links removed....
Nope, I don't use trackers at all.
The fact that you still have normal HP links on delicious puzzles me though... I'll try to investigate further...
Umm, I just picked a few of your hot hubs assuming they should have some bookmarks - and here is what I get:
There is no del.icio.us history for http://hubpages.com/hub/nose-piercing-info.
There is no del.icio.us history for http://hubpages.com/hub/movie-tattoos.
There is no del.icio.us history for http://hubpages.com/hub/david-beckhams-tattoos.
Well, I'm seeing that the main HubPages homepage is bookmarked by 256 people and I'm finding other people's Hubs.
Yep, I used their internal search and found a few hubs - much less than I would have expected to be there, though...
Anyway, it seems to be my own problem now, so I will investigate by myself.
Thanks for your help, Relache
I'm not so sure it's just you, Misha. I can find other people's Hubs when searching, but I can't find my own.
Perhaps this is just how the del.icio.us internal search works....?
OK, here is the test:
I picked up a random hub that is already there and showed one vote currently
When I bookmarked it, nothing changed - see here
Whoever is interested, try to bookmark it for yourself and see if it gets more votes. Mine did not go through.
I suspect now my initial guess was correct, and hubpages *are* banned from delicious, and all those hubs were bookmarked *before* the ban...
I couldn't bookmark it either.
Guess too many people have been asking their friends to help
I don't think there is much that can be done about it.
"The metaphor illustrates how free access and unrestricted demand for a finite resource ultimately structurally dooms the resource through over-exploitation. This occurs because the benefits of exploitation accrue to individuals or groups, each of whom is motivated to maximize use of the resource to the point in which they become reliant on it, while the costs of the exploitation are distributed among all those to whom the resource is available (which may be a wider class of individuals than that which is exploiting it). This, in turn, causes demand for the resource to increase, which causes the problem to snowball to the point in which the resource is exhausted."
"Articulating solutions to the Tragedy of the Commons is one of the main problems of political philosophy. The most common solution is regulation by an authority."
Paul, I saw in another thread that you guys did talk to reddit in similar situation and reached understanding with them - and I assumed I might be able to influence you to talk to delicious, too.
I can try to ask a couple of girls around to beg you for this
We can try, but I don't see how we could make them believe that we will reform (since I don't see how we could force all of our many publishers to reform). I think Mark has the right idea.
Well yeah, and still...
Right now - if the ban is truly there - even Mark's approach does not work
I don't know if they have an ability to granulate the ban somehow and not apply it to the whole domain, but this is what would look like a solution to me in this particular situation. Not only for hubpages, but for any site with similar philosophy...
I was just giving you a hard time
I am finding that writing stuff that appeals to the people who frequent these social bookmarking sites is much more productive than generating the bookmarks myself. I too have been banned from digg/delicious/ etc
Not worth the effort as far as I am concerned.
Great point!!! Peter Senge talks about tragedy of the commons in systems theory. Great connection and explanation for what's happening with social bookmarking.
misha, I just checked another hubber's stuff on delicious and it takes my input and adds it onto the total.
Sorry, Idunn, it was last bookmarked in September 06 - according to delicious...
yeah just double checked and editted post to reflect
it was two other people. weird.
I'm pretty much sure by now it's a total ban for the whole domain
I just bookmarked that one. But I couldn't book mark the other one.
May be you bookmarked - but it did not get through...
There is just so much temptation to bookmark our stuff. What confuses me is that it also benefits the bookmarking service that we use it, doesn't it. Or, maybe spammy entries are burdening their servers.
You are right - I am not there.
Sorry - it's been a while since I used delicious.
This is part of the issue I am finding with these social networking sites. Unless you are careful, they ban people and websites. But imagine how many hubbers submitted their own stuff and got a few friends to "delicious" it - I can't really blame them for banning us.
As you rightly point out - my approach is not going to work with this site now either - If hubpages is banned, them hubpages is banned.
I will stick to doing it the way I am doing it I do find I get far better traffic if a genuine user from one of these sites submits a page anyway - but, sometimes I miss and no one sees it
I'm sure I'll get my head ripped off, chewed by rabid dogs, and handed back to me for saying this, but isn't this kind of our/your/whoever was abusing the system's own fault? The whole idea of those sites is that people are supposed to come across interesting internet content and submit it because they like it. It has never been designed for publishers of said content to put their own content on the site and then get their friends to vote for it.
I see there is another thread where people ask people to Digg things for them, and you know, more power to them if that's the way they want to go. I wouldn't be overly surprised if HubPages earned a ban over there too eventually.
I've been doing this for a wee while now, and I've investigated this social bookmarking/social networking/whatchamacallit seo deal. At the end of the day EVERY single source I have ever seen has always returned to the same pivotal point: Write Good Content. 'Content is King' is the phrase that's pasted all over the Internet, and yet it seems people want to cut every corner possible in the rush to get traffic, and trick the social bookmarking sites, search engines, whatever, by attempting to manipulate their way onto the radar.
Maybe if instead of running around friending every person in the world and begging for diggs, backlinks, stumbles, and whatever other trendy traffic getting devices are in vogue at the time, people just wrote content that had some value, they might find they got traffic that way? I kind of thought that was the whole HubPages philosophy, what with the 'Evergreen Content' slogan and all...
Just a thought or five...
The best content in the world will not get any traffic if nobody is able to find it. How will people know it is there unless you get the word out? I absolutely agree that content should be good enough so that people will want to bookmark it on their own without being bribed/asked/encouraged etc. But as Misha pointed out, there has to be some initial promotion so that people can find the content. How can they find what they don't know exists?
Umm, well, I'm definitely not going to rip off your head
I do agree to you that content is a king, and if one has crappy content, no amount of promotion can help.
However, I think the opposite is true, too - if one has excellent content and does not promote it at all, his/her content is not going to be seen. If you give it a thought, you will see that posting your work on Hubpages is already promoting it. Why not post to some forgotten article directory, or on AOL or better another free hosting site nobody ever heard about?
I think one has to strike a balance on this, putting effort in both content and promotion. And this is a tricky part, of course
Curse you Misha, how can I maintain my disinterested veneer of not caring about who reads my writings if you go and point out the fact that if I really didn't care I would keep them in a tiny box buried in my backyard and never let them see the light of day?
*Disappears in a puff of logic*
(With apologies to Douglas Adams)
I actually enjoy reading your hubs, so I personally would be disappointed if you bury them in your backyard.
And who is Douglas Adams?
And reading Plato risks making you sad, which anything by Douglas Adams is guaranteed never to do. If Douglas Adams had laid the philosophical foundations for Western Civilization, you can guarantee life would be a great deal more interesting.
Plato - "Until philosophers rule as kings or those who are now called kings and leading men genuinely and adequately philosophise, that is, until political power and philosophy entirely coincide, while the many natures who at present pursue either one exclusively are forcibly prevented from doing so, cities will have no rest from evils,... nor, I think, will the human race."
Douglas Adams - "In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move."
'Tragedy of the Commons', Paul Excellence, is the exact formost problem of the modern cononedrum - to exist or not - the difference between capitalists and socialists.
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